Writing

Learning to write well is an important feature of a Davidson education and is of special emphasis in the English Department, where all courses involve instruction in writing. We are pleased to offer a wide array of writing courses, taught by both permanent staff and the visiting McGee Professor of Creative Writing.

Creative Writing

The department offers creative writing courses in four genres at the introductory and advanced levels.

Introductory Courses

  • English 201 - focuses on nonfiction writing
  • English 202 - includes both poetry and fiction writing (often taught as a course in hybrid forms)
  • English 203 - focuses exclusively on poetry
  • English 204 - focuses exclusively on fiction
  • English 205 - focuses on either screenwriting or playwriting

Advanced Courses

  • English 301 - Writing Nonfiction Prose, a class on the art of the creative essay
  • English 303 - focuses exclusively on poetry
  • English 304 - focuses exclusively on fiction
  • English 305 - focuses on either screenwriting or playwriting

We also offer junior/senior seminars in poetry writing and long-form prose (including novel writing) regularly.

Courses in creative writing at Davidson are workshop-based; they rely upon peer critiques as a fundamental aspect of instruction. We limit class sizes to 16 students at the introductory and intermediate levels, and 12 students at the advanced level and in junior/senior seminars. You must get permission to enroll in advanced creative writing courses prior to registration, and as part of  application procedure you may be asked to submit a writing sample.

For more information, contact Professor Alan Michael Parker, director of creative writing.